As part of an effort to create a library collection of George Washington’s favorite reading materials, two books belonging to Washington long held at the National Library of Scotland will soon be returned to Mt Vernon.

Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland, will soon arrive in the United states to return them.

The two volumes date from 1795 titled, “Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress, Written, During the War between the United Colonies and Great Britain, by His Excellency, George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Forces.”

The books were donated 75 years ago to the National library of Scotland by the family of Hugh Sharp, a Dundee book collector and jute manufacturer.

Mr. Salmon will return them to Mount Vernon at a formal ceremony which includes bagpipe music. The books will be housed in the dapper “Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon”, which is expected to open in September.

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